Climate Policy

Embedding a development-centric climate-ready approach to policymaking

India can currently pursue a range of development pathways while addressing the challenges presented by climate change. In its choices, it must prioritise low-carbon development while ensuring equitable growth in employment, incomes, and quality of life. We approach the climate challenge from the lens of aligning climate policies with India’s development goals, and recognising the synergies and trade-offs inherent in policy choices. Through this, we aim to inform the design of a development-centric, climate-ready state.

We focus on three key steps of policy planning, design, and implementation at both, the national and subnational levels. First, we work to improve the use of emissions-economy models to enhance capacity to envision low-carbon development pathways. Second, we employ green industrial policy as a strategic approach to integrated policymaking. Third, we explore designs for a more suitable architecture of climate finance to enable these pathways and policies.

Our publications

This also includes publications by SFC team members in their past capacities.

SFC Perspectives on Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Policy, Energy Transitions, and Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC

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Perspectives on Climate Policy: Embedding a development-centric, climate-ready approach to policymaking

Aman Srivastava, Easwaran J Narassimhan and Navroz K Dubash

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Design national framework climate laws to enable low-carbon resilient transformation

Navroz K Dubash

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Journal articles

Climate Policy

Strategies for green industrial and innovation policy–an analysis of policy alignment, misalignment, and realignment around dominant designs in the EV sector

Easwaran Narassimhan, Zdenka Myslikova et al.

7 December 2023

This paper explores which combination of technology-push and demand-pull policies best situates a country to lead in clean energy innovation, as new or dominant designs emerge and replace older technologies. A new analytical framework for green industrial policy is applied to BEV drivetrain technology to examine the use of policy alignment and misalignment by countries with big automakers as they pursue strategic green industrial policy.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Rebalance attention from global target setting toward national climate politics and policy

Navroz K Dubash

6 October 2023

The first Global Stocktake (GST) confirms that progress in reducing emissions is well behind what is required to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. What is to be done?

Opinions

Climate Policy

The G20 should forge a pact to support nations’ shifts to a low-carbon future

Navroz K Dubash

5 July 2023

Fossil fuels should be used sparingly, in the areas where they contribute most to human welfare.

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Climate Policy

USD 100 Billion: Delivering The Nucleus Of Climate Finance

Aman Srivastava

26 June 2023

Recent analysis has found that the finance that developed countries are reporting towards that USD 100 billion targets is not always going towards clear climate purposes – some of the projects that have been included in their reporting were a coal plant, a hotel expansion, chocolate stores, a movie, and an airport expansion.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Keeping development at the forefront of India’s long-term climate strategy

Parth Bhatia, Mandakini Chandra et al.

5 June 2023

India’s Long Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) sets out multiple low-carbon transitions, highlighting that climate action will be intimately tied to developmental processes.This article identifies some of the challenges and opportunities embedded within these transitions, and reflects on how these will impact developmental priorities such as employment and energy security.

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Climate Policy

A climate change survival guide to act on

Navroz K Dubash and Parth Bhatia

24 March 2023

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 synthesis report is a sobering account of present and future damages to ecosystems.

Opinions

Climate Policy

India can play a key role in climate cooperation

Navroz K Dubash

13 February 2023

India took on a key position on the world stage by assuming the presidency of G20. This year, India will aim to provide leadership to a group of countries that comprises 85% of the world’s GDP and 60% of its population. India must use its presidency to push for greater cooperation to combat complex climate issues.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Can a national carbon market help India cut both emissions and costs?

Aman Srivastava

26 January 2023

The market must work in sync with a range of policy instruments. Stable institutional and regulatory structures must balance competing interests and trade-offs to ensure optimum coverage, caps, pricing and reporting.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Weather the Change

Navroz K Dubash

2 January 2023

2023 should be the year climate change is mainstreamed into India’s development decisions.

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Team members

Aman Srivastava

Fellow and Coordinator, Climate Policy

Easwaran J Narassimhan

Fellow and Coordinator, Climate Policy

Navroz K Dubash

Senior Fellow and Chair of Advisory Council

Ismail Siddiqui

Consultant, Climate Policy

Simran Agarwal

Senior Research Associate, Climate Policy